After intense confusion and some tricky date changes, the Texas Senate has ruled that the final vote on SB5 was taken at 12:03 a.m., making the vote invalid as it occurred after the end of the special legislative session.
Just after 3 AM CDT, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) announced from the floor of the Senate that “regrettably” the bill could not be signed because time had expired, adding, “It’s been fun, but um, see you soon.”
Dewhurst’s confirmation ends a truly bizarre day on the floor of the Texas Senate and comes almost three hours after the Senate left the floor to caucus on the outcome of the bill, though unconfirmed reports that the bill had not passed began to flow out of the Twittersphere long before his official announcement.
At 2:46 CDT, the Associated Press reported that Dewhurst reversed an earlier statement and confirmed that the bill – which would have closed the doors to all but 5 abortion clinics in the state – had failed.
BREAKING: Texas lt. gov. reverses himself, declares vote on tough abortion bill came too late to pass.
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 26, 2013
The first inkling that the Texas Democrats may have been successful can just after 2 a.m. CDT, when Fort Worth Senator Wendy Davis (D) sent a text to Huffington Post writer Rachel Farris indicating the following:
And now, after a long night from your friends at Politically Inclined, it’s time for bed. We’re signing off at 3:15 a.m. CDT.